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Rated R
Copyright 1990 SGE Entertainment Corporation
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Jeffrey - Electrician and mad scientist, brilliant once you bore a hole through his head. Has that very same head sliced off by Zorro.
  • Elizabeth - Jeffrey's girlfriend, turned into mulch by a lawnmower.
  • Zorro - Very large and angry pimp, loses his entire harem to a bag of deadly drugs. Presumed dead.
  • Honey, Amber, Angel, Crystal, Anise, Chartreuse, Snow, Sugar, and Monkey - Zorro's streetwalkers, every one of them explodes in a shower of sparks after doing some bad drugs.
  • Frankenhooker's Trick - Funny little guy, he loves the "I'm a monster" routine until his body disintegrates.
  • Jeffrey's Mom - Just that, plus she sounds like "The Godfather."
  • The Shelley's - Elizabeth's family, whatever.
  • Frankenhooker - Monster created from Elizabeth's head, the bodies of dead hookers, and spare electrical equipment. Everything on this girl is purple, I mean everything...

Buy It!

The Plot: 

This is your standard New Jersey love story, boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, girl gets sliced to ribbons by remote control lawnmower, boy patches girl back together with parts from hookers, girl goes on a rampage in New York City. The film is a riot, especially the "Exploding Prostitutes" scene, half a dozen naked women blowing apart! Jeffrey is an electrician who dabbles in mad science, he even has this weird cyclops-brain creature. (Still don't understand that thing, but it ends up in a fish tank, swimming happy with the guppies.) At Mr. Shelley's birthday party an accident involving the powerful remote control lawnmower grinds up Elizabeth, she kills herself actually. (Darwin didn't consider blondes in his studies.) Utterly crushed, the young man begins hatching a plan to bring her back. Having kept the head from his deceased in a deep freezer full of preservative he intends to butcher a hooker and use her body. Jeffrey couldn't actually kill anyone, so he devises a special blend of crack cocaine which causes the user to explode! Losing nerve at the last second he repents, unfortunately for the hookers they delve into his bag. Finding the crack, the women have a party - until everyone starts blowing up. After that Jeffrey has all the parts he needs, soon Frankenhooker is brought to life by an electrical storm. Major problem, her brain is scrambled and all she wants to do is turn tricks. Tromping through New York City the female monster causes any male who gets intimate to explode, until Zorro knocks her head off and unscrambles the circuits. Then our mad scientist has his precious girlfriend back, though there is a trick ending. Zorro kills Jeffrey, just before a horde of spare hooker parts drag the pimp away. Frankenhooker has only one way to bring her lover back, rejuvenation will only work on female bodies, so Jeffrey wakes up to the new and higher estrogen version of himself. The crazy antics never stop, CHEESY special effects lurk everywhere, Jeffrey drills holes in his own head, (It helps him think.) and the faces Frankenhooker makes, oh man did those crack me up. She has this way of snarling, it's great.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Brain surgery requires a hammer and scalpel.
  • Never stand in front of a remote control lawn mower.
  • Gray's Anatomy comes complete with wiring diagrams.
  • Egg salad contains Lithium.
  • Pink lemonade is a preservative.
  • The key to unlocking creative genius is a power drill.
  • Pimps brand their hookers.
  • Crack causes guinea pigs to explode.
  • Areola should not be purple. (Oh go and look it up.)
  • Never kiss, hump, or orally gratify an electric hooker.
  • Pimps hate surgeons.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - What the heck is that thing?
  • 11 mins - Hmmm, I wonder who has those missing body parts.
  • 14 mins - Did mom smoke for too many years?
  • 27 mins - A flock of hookers!
  • 30 mins - Memo to self: "Stay out of New York City restrooms."
  • 45 mins - Exploding prostitutes! Woohoo!
  • 56 mins - Where did she get one brown arm from anyway?
  • 65 mins - Not very well adjusted there, gal; what is up with your face?
  • 76 mins - Oops, Jeffrey is dead.


  • Jersey Girl: "Jeffrey stapled your stomach?"
    Elizabeth: "Yeah, but it didn't help much, I'm still a compulsive eater."
  • Jeffrey: "For crying out loud, you're like cats with catnip!"

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note frankenhooker1.wav News report about the lawn mower accident.
Green Music Note frankenhooker2.wav Jeffrey: "I can make you into anything you want! I can make you the centerfold goddess of the century...just need the right parts."
Green Music Note frankenhooker3.wav Frankenhooker: "Wanna date?"
Green Music Note frankenhooker4.wav Jeffrey: "What are you, some kind of a Swede? You're talking to me in Swedish in Times Square!"

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Exploding prostitutes! Look out for that flying head!

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Reply #1. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Nickster
I only picked this tape up for one reason-- my favorite Penthouse Pet, Susan Napoli, is in it as 'Stephanie Ryan.' Yeah, she's in it for all of five minutes, and doesn't have any lines. She barely has time to take off her top and french-kiss Kimberly Taylor before she explodes! Ah well. Pet of the Year Patty Mullen looks nice too, and she's genuinely funny!  :)
Reply #2. Posted on July 13, 1999, 09:56:50 PM by
FRANKENHOOKER is by far one of the best "bad" movies of all time. From the talking video box to the extra nudity in the unrated version, this film is chock full of memorable scenes and dialogue. I can't decide between the guy at the bar and Zorro the Pimp as far as who my favorite character is. The guy at the bar says the immortal line, "When a man loses his ho's, he loses everything". To which Zorro replies, "I didn't lose 'em, they just blew up!" Later, Zorro utters my favorite line in the movie. Pounding on the hotel room door, he yells, "Hey b***hes, open up!"
Reply #3. Posted on August 08, 1999, 02:06:18 AM by
I loved this film! The exploding hooker scene is one of the best scenes in movie history.
Reply #4. Posted on May 07, 2002, 04:49:20 AM by big ern
I bought this film on DVD the other day. Having read the back of the box it sounded fairly entertaining but how wrong could I have been? Dull, slow, terrible acting and effects. Total s**te.
Reply #5. Posted on November 09, 1999, 12:36:59 PM by paulwestbrook
When I first saw this movie, I did not know what to expect. Now that I have, I have to say that it was not all that bad. Of course a lot of people tell me that Frankenhooker signifies the bottom of the barrel for the Frankenstein genre, but who cares? I enjoyed it. If there was an award for Top B movie of the week, this would get my vote. Does anyone agree? Please let me know Bmoviephiles. Thank you for listening. RENT THIS FILM NOW!
Reply #6. Posted on January 18, 2000, 04:08:26 AM by mike
I rented this movie for my semi monthly crappy movie night.  Of the other movies rented: Dolamite, Black Gestapo, and various unsundry others, Frankenhooker was by far the best.  I absolutely loved the super crack.  Every scene in which the pimp is present is rife with fantastic dialogue.  Where's my money at b***h for example.  The movie also takes a controversial, but oh so true look at the seemier side of New York at night.  I recommend it to all.
Reply #7. Posted on February 02, 2000, 12:13:36 PM by Paul H.
One of the best dead girl friend, exploding hookers b-movies of all time.  much like the excellent Re-animator (number 1 not 2) but with a different flavor.  Good story with nice turns, and characters with semi-relistic behavior; (for insane people).

4.5 green globs.
Reply #8. Posted on March 20, 2000, 07:55:27 AM by
Dont praise this movie. Except for the hooker body parts chasing the crack pipe, an amateur peep show would be more entertaining (whens the last time you rented a video for a quarter?)
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